inlet big jack

Sean Morley, caught this fish last week at sunrise. He fought the fish for five or 10 minutes before a shark got it.

Good morning all you Sebastian Inlet junkies! I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend, the weather was sure awesome! The fishing, ehh not so much. Cooler and dirty water is still playing a big part in the activity at the inlet, plus the absence of any bait fish to speak of. But there were some fish being caught, just not anything to write home about. The last four days I’ve been down have been pretty slow, with a little more action this past Sunday. so here we go.

North Jetty.

Fishing on the jetty picked up a bit on Sunday with a smattering of different species being caught, the most of what was being caught was spanish mackerel on small white jigs and gotcha lures. The end of the outgoing and the beginning of the incoming have been producing some nice fish. Just enough to keep you wanting to make that “last cast”. On the incoming tide there were some small black drum caught, 15-18 inches along with a few nice pompano that I saw as well, 14-16 inches. All were caught on cut dead shrimp. There were also some of the smaller bluefish being caught at the tip on the outgoing tide for those tossing big silver spoons to the channel. Didn’t see any of the monster blues over here over the weekend. No snook or redfish to speak of during the daytime, but I did hear from one of my FWC officer friends that they have been catching a few at night on jigs.

South Jetty

Fishing on this side has been a little slower, but there are some fish being caught on the incoming tide. They are still catching some of those “monster” blues over here on big silver spoons and live and dead baits tossed out to the channel on the incoming tide. The snook fishing on this side has been slow because of all the big blues and jacks in the area, they don’t want any part of that, so they lay low. lol. But there have been a few caught on live majorra fished on the incoming tide. Most have been small undersized fish, but a couple slots were caught over the weekend. On the beach side of the jetty there have been numerous small flounder caught on small rubber swimbaits bumped along the bottom. Outgoing tide at the tip has been all about the regulars, black margates, blue runners and kittyfish..

T-Dock area

Back here the snook fishing that we did have a week or so ago has dropped off a bit. Again, cooler and dirtier water has shut it down, and the absence of the majorras that were here didn’t help. Not much else going on except for a few giant jack crevalles swimming the inlet searching for dinner for those anglers tossing big silver spoons to the channel area. Some of the jacks are in excess of 30 pounds or so. That’s pretty much it for back here.

Surf Area, both sides

Haven’t heard much of the surf fishing around the inlet due to the dirty sandy water on both sides. South side has been really bad with mostly some catfish being caught, and a few whiting. North side the water has a tendency to be able to clean up better, and if you find some deeper, cleaner water, you just might find some pompano swimming the trough areas. Cut shrimp, small live shrimp and sand fleas are the best baits. If you are fishing the beach with silver spoons or any artificial, you just might run into some bluefish and spanish mackerel.

That’s all I have for this week guys and gals. Not too bad, there are some fish around, you just have to get out to your favorite spot and hang out and see what comes up. Like I mentioned before in my reports, we need some warmer and cleaner water for the fishing to get better! Several weeks ago when the water temp was up to 74, it was getting good. Good luck everyone, and have a great week!